Ladysmith's convenient location (22km/14mi south of Nanaimo and its ferry terminal and airport) makes it an easily accessible destination.
It is featured along several driving routes through the Vancouver Island region. Transportation options include car, rail, bus, ferry, and air travel.
The Trans-Canada Highway is the first and best route to Ladysmith. Car rentals are available in town and at Nanaimo Airport, 20 minutes north. Taxi service is another option in the Ladysmith/Chemainus/Saltair area.
Rail and Bus Service
VIA Rail runs a daily return route from Victoria up-island to Courtenay that stops by request at the Ladysmith Train Station. Get off the train mid-morning, explore town and the beach, and catch the train on the rebound mid-afternoon. Greyhound buses travel through Ladysmith six times daily via Island Coach Lines. There is no public transit service in town.
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